Elon Musk's Boring Company has (finally) received unanimous approval to expand beneath downtown Las Vegas. Known as "the Vegas Loop," the network of tunnels is supposed to span 29 miles and have 51 stops when it's all said and done. But, that's not all worth mentioning- the tunnel will also stop at landmarks like the Stratosphere and Fremont Street. With this most recent expansion, the Boring Company will be one step closer to its goal of building a transportation system that spans Las Vegas. Further along, in 2023, the Boring Company expects its tunnel across the strip to be complete and start serving customers, but things could course change before then.
The Boring Company will use its sister company Tesla's Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles for use in the loop. They have began testing usage of the vehicles in the tunnels in 2021. Although the plan was approved, there was some backlash specifically brought about on the nature of safety concerns and capacity. Mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed concerns on congestions, based on the nature of the single lane tunnel. However Goodman did remark that “If the system is successful enough to where it warrants a second tunnel, I am sure they would be more than happy to put in that second tunnel that it could achieve that express flow characteristics that would be desired for the rider", which indicates if the tunnels fulfill their duty to reduce congestion, that the future would be bright for The Boring Company. The project is slated to begin on the southern tip and build to the north.